COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN AND LOSS OF KNEE FUNCTION
The most common cause of chronic knee painand disability is arthritis; of whichOsteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, andarthritis following injuries are the mostcommon forms.
usually occurs after the age of 50 and often in an individual with a familyhistory of arthritis. The cartilage that cushionsthe bones of the knee softens and wearsaway. The bones then rub against oneanother causing knee pain and stiffness.
is a disease in which thesynovial membrane becomes thickened andinflamed, producing too much synovial fluid,which over-fills the joint space. This chronicinflammation damages the cartilage andeventually causes cartilage loss, pain andstiffness.
Post Traumatic Arthritis
can follow a seriousknee injury. A knee fracture or severe tears of
the knee’s ligaments may damage
thearticular cartilage over time, causing kneepain and limiting knee function.
IS TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENTFOR YOU?
Are you experiencing any of the following ?
Severe knee pain that limits youreveryday activities, including walking,going up and down stairs, and gettingin and out of chairs. You may find ithard to walk more than a few blockswithout significant pain and you mayneed to use a cane or walker.
Moderate or severe knee pain whileresting, during the day or night.
Failure to obtain pain relief fromdrugs. Their effectiveness incontrolling knee pain varies greatlyfrom person to person. These drugsmay become less effective forpatients with severe arthritis and mayalso have serious side effects withprolonged use.In summary, in the early stages when thearthritis is mild to moderate, pain is relievedby conservative means like physiotherapy,medications or injection etc. In the advancedstage however when the pain is severe andmedication etc
don’t relieve the pain anymore
and your daily activities become veryrestricted, you need the operation of totalknee replacement.
BENEFITS OF KNEE JOINTREPLACEMENT
Your Orthopaedic surgeon is the right personto decide for the surgery. After undergoingthe surgery, you will reap the benefits of thesurgery.These include:
Relief from joint pain
Correction of deformity (straightlegs)
Increased leg strength (if youexercise)
Improved quality of life ability toreturn to normal activities.